Archive for Thursday, October 29, 2009

Upcoming appraisal show garners positive response

October 29, 2009

For a year and a half, the Wyandotte County Historical Society and museum have been planning an antique and collectibles appraisal event.

What they didn’t plan for was the response the event would receive from not only antique lovers in Wyandotte County but from neighboring states.

“Everyone loves the “Antique Roadshow” on PBS, so we thought it would be a fun thing for Wyandotte County,” said museum director Patricia Schurkamp. “But it’s actually grown outside Wyandotte County. People have registered from Omaha, Neb., and Missouri.”

The first annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the George Meyn Community Center in Wyandotte County Park, 126th and State Ave., Bonner Springs. The museum has partnered with Manion’s International Auction House to offer appraisals of antique items by local antiques and collectibles aficionados.

Schurkamp said the idea for the event came about on a trip to Joliet, Ill., during the 2008 summer.

“Anytime I travel somewhere, of course I check out the museums,” Schurkamp said. “I got to talking with the museum staff and they mentioned an antique appraisal show that’s been successful for them.”

When Schurkamp began planning a similar event here in Wyandotte County, she said she wasn’t sure what to expect. But so far, the reaction has been nothing but positive.

“It’s just something unique and fun, and we’ve had a great response,” she said. “People who’ve registered have said they’re excited about having the opportunity to get appraisals.”

Participants will be allowed to bring a maximum of six items to be appraised in any of the 21 available categories. Those who pre-register will not only save on the entry fee, Schurkamp said, but they will be guaranteed a spot, whereas walk-ins, while welcome, will not be guaranteed to get their items appraised.

Schurkamp said the fine art category has received the most interest from those who’ve already registered, but some other items of interest have been a Louis Vuitton trunk, first editions of Shakespeare plays and Native American regalia.

“It’s just become a wonderful event for greater Kansas City and beyond,” Schurkamp said.

The event is a fundraiser for the Wyandotte County Historical Society. Appraisals are $25 for three items in advance or $40 at the door. Schurkamp said the appraisals from the event were not for insurance purposes.

Categories and appraisers include:

• Advertising Memorabilia: Guy Manion and John Conway of Manion’s International Auction House

• Asian Art and Artifacts: Dirk Soulis of Dirk Soulis Auctions

• Automotive: Jason Roske of Kansas City Auction Company

• Clocks/Watches: John Bryant of Bryant Clock Restoration

• Decorative Art (glassware, silver, pottery, etc.): Doug Drake of The Madison Group, Rob Lee of Waldo Antique Mall and Flea Market, and Jason Roske

• Ethnic Art and Cultural items: Doug Drake

• Fine Art (paintings, prints, sculptures) Doug Drake, Rob Lee, and Dirk Soulis

• Firearms and Edged Weapons: Pat McWilliams of Manion’s International Auction House

• Furniture: Rob Lee and Dirk Soulis

• Manuscripts/Books: Ron Brown of Better Books / RB Publishing

• Militaria and Armor: John Conway

• Musical Instruments: Matt Kessler and Darren Welch of Midwestern Musical Company

• Toys/Dolls/Trains: Joe Tucker of Manion’s International Auction House.

The wide range of experts participating in this event will allow for numerous other “walk-in” categories to be included as well.

Pre-registration ends Friday and can be done by calling Trish Schurkamp at (913) 573-5003 or by visiting


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